Elevate Student Ministries
Encounter is our largest retreat for Student Ministry. Each year, we travel to Warren Willis Camp in Fruitland Park, FL for a weekend of rejuvenation! Students have the opportunity to learn more about faith, engage in high ropes course activities, participate in small groups, and experience large group games.
We will leave the church on Friday, February 23rd at 5:00 pm and head to Warren Willis Camp. We will return to the church parking lot by 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 25th.
Confirmation Retreat 2018
The confirmation retreat is mandatory for confirmation students. Mentors are invited to join us for our annual Confirmation Retreat. Students will have the opportunity to relax and fellowship at Camp Wewa in Apopka, FL while exploring their faith and taking the final steps towards membership at FUMC-Winter Park. Retreat runs Friday, March 2nd at 5:00pm – Sunday, March 4 at 1:00pm.
Each year we have a special time of letter reading during the Confirmation Retreat. Students are given letters from their parents during the Confirmation Retreat- so we need letters for each child before Monday, February 26th. Letters can include anything (sharing your faith experience, encouragement for the student, sweet memories, hopes and prayers for the future, etc.). Please email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday, February 26th or bring to the church office before Friday, March 2nd. Also, please do not tell your student about the letter (it is a nice surprise they will receive on Saturday).
Summer Internship Opportunities
Summer Youth Intern
Summer Student Multimedia Intern
We are excited to start our Connect Groups! Connect groups are small groups in the home where kids can go deep in faith and have fun! Check out the info below!
For: 6th-7th Grade Girls
When: Thursday night, 7-8:15 pm
Where: in the homes of Ashley Vann, Amy Loy,
Sarah Cepregi, and Sheri Mazariegos
Facilitated by: Betsy Johnson and Autumn Daye
Text @elev8grlz to 81010 if interested in this group
For: 6th-7th Grade Boys
When: 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month, 11:30 am
Where: in the homes of Michele Van Son & Nancy Hanniford
Facilitated by: Stuart Jackson, Gains Cash, Jimmy Stroz
Text @elev8byz to 81010 if interested in this group
For: Middle School Girls
When: Thursday nights, 8-9 pm
Where: Panera on Aloma Ave
Facilitated by: Molly Swafford
Text @swaffordms to 81010 if interested in this group
For: Middle School Boys
When: Wednesday nights, 7-8:30pm
Where: in the homes of Jensie Gobel, Hilary Turner, Cynthia Forness, and Bob Atchison
Facilitated by: Camp Priest and Blake Swafford
Text @elevatemsg to 81010 if interested in this group
For more information email or call Andrea Levreault
Call: 407-644-2906 ext 262
There are many ways for parents and adults to be involved in Student Ministry. We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to join as…
- Bible Study Leaders
- Small Group Leaders
- Food Preparation Team Members
- Hospitality Team Members
- and Trip Chaperones
Adults do not need to be Biblical scholars- you just need a passion for students and willingness to allow God to use you in our ministry.
Student Ministry believes we are only successful when families work together with the church. One way for families to be involved in our ministry is through weekly dinners! ELEVATE is looking for families to come together to create a meal for the students on Sunday nights.
Students will be charged $5 for dinner. This money will be used to help cover your cost for providing the meal. In order to help make sure providing dinner is not too much of a financial gift, we will do our best to provide you with an accurate estimate for attendance. However, we cannot guarantee you will always have a full return on your investment.
At ELEVATE Student Ministry we believe that community is an essential part of our faith. As a result of this belief, we offer many small group opportunities to students so they can learn more about their faith and grow as a community.
- Student Section
9:30-10:30am, Contemporary Worship service
- HAY (How About You)
10:30-11:15am, Student Lounge (3rd floor MFLC)
5:45-8:15pm, MFLC – Gym
- High School Boys Bible Study
6:00-8:00pm, MFLC Student Lounge
- High School Girls Bible Study
6:30-8:00pm, MFLC Resource Center
Sen-Meet – Senior/ Young Adult Group
- For more information and meeting time, contact Jon Tschanz at email@example.com
For more info Contact Us!
Are you looking for a community and opportunity to worship and learn more about your relationship with God? If so, you should join Student Ministry on Sunday evenings in the Matthias Family Life Center- Gym from 5:45-8:15pm. The evening begins with dinner ($5) and includes student-led worship, a short message, small group reflection time, and a large group game. We hope you consider joining us on Sunday evenings for fun and fellowship!
Part of our faith calls us to serve those that are in need in our community, in our country and around the world. ELEVATE Student Ministry provides awesome opportunities each year for all students to get involved, get connected, and to grow in their faith as a part of a mission trip. Below is a description of our Summer Mission Trips.
SOUL and S.S. Mission
SOUL (Serving Orlando with Unconditional Love) was created by ELEVATE Student Ministry in 2011. Students are given the opportunity to serve our local community through various organizations. During SOUL, the students plan and organize Vacation Bible School for the children of the Southstreet community during the mornings and take part in acts of service each afternoon. S.S. Mission gives students the opportunity to participate in various service projects in the community. The trips both takes place in Downtown Orlando at Southstreet Ministry and runs from Sunday evening to Friday evening. All rising 7th-12th grade students are encouraged to participate!
Stay at Home Work Camp at HEART
HEART (Hunger Education and Resource Training Institute) is an immersive third world country simulation in Lake Wales, Florida. Stay at Home Work Camp is a program that gives students a chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of needy families in Central Florida while having a ton of fun. When you put those two things together, you get an exciting new adventure for Elevate. Open to students who have completed grades 8-11th.
For the last four years, Elevate has supported the Panua organization, helping to transform the lives of Kenyan youth. This summer, we are going to go to Kenya and see what that support has done and how we can continue support the organization in the future. This trip is limited to 14 people, and students will need to fill out an application to attend. Each student will need to have an adult chaperone, so preference will be given to students that have parents who can attend. Please join us on this adventure!
Every other year, our high school students are offered the opportunity to travel to Los Chiles, Costa Rica to participate in Agua Viva. Students are immersed in the culture of the community while participating in service through well building, home improvement and working with children. This trip is open to rising 10th-12th grade students.
Each year our IMPACT Singers raise money to go on a mission trip to a different city to sing, learn, and serve. Past trips have included: New York City, Baton Rouge and Chicago.
In Student Ministry, we believe that worship is an important part of our relationship with Christ. We encourage students to participate in worship on Sundays, whether through the Traditional Services (8:00am, 11:00am – Sanctuary) or Contemporary (9:30am – MFLC Gym). Students are also given the opportunity to worship at ELEVATE on Sunday Evenings.
Why We Exist
We hope to encourage each student to get to know and begin an intimate relationship with God that will last a lifetime. ELEVATE Student Ministry reaches middle and high school students and helps them:
- CONNECT through cultivating authentic relationships with God, ourselves and others.
- PARTICIPATE in small groups, worship and Bible study in order to awaken spiritually and personalize Biblical truths.
- MOVE from just learning about to living out the Gospel through discovery, development and practice of our spiritual gifts.
- FOLLOW Jesus Christ by SERVING our community and our world.
- GROW continually in faith by allowing the spirit of God to work, so that we may reflect the character of Christ.
Michael is a native of Boston, but has spent the majority of his life in Central Florida. He married his high school sweetheart Amanda and they have a puppy named Fatty Lumpkin. In May of 2016, they welcomed Annabelle Grace, their first child and they are thrilled with her! When he’s not working (at the greatest job in the world!), Michael loves to hike, rock climb, watch Netflix, do Cross Fit, and hang out with his wife and friends. He hates mayonnaise (don’t ask), was on Tosh.0 (please do ask), and he can’t hear out of one of his ears (ask, but do it loudly). Michael loves Jesus, and doing mission work!
Andrea Levreault – Assistant Director of Student Ministries
Andrea was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. In May 2017, she moved back to Orlando after receiving her Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology. She is excited to be back home with her family. When she is not working, Andrea loves to go to theme parks, play volleyball, and hang out with family and friends. Andrea is passionate about small groups and serving. Andrea looks forward to living into the vision God has for the students at First UMC Winter Park.
Director of Student Ministries
Assistant Director of Student Ministries